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Abraham, our father of faith, believed God, and the substance of his faith released God’s righteousness to him.[a] So the true children of Abraham have the same faith as their father! And the Scripture prophesied that on the basis of faith God would declare gentiles to be righteous. God announced the good news ahead of time to Abraham:

“Through your example of faith, all the nations will be blessed!”[b]

And so the blessing of Abraham’s faith is now our blessing too! 10 But if you rely on works of keeping the law for salvation, you live under the law’s curse. For it is clearly written:

“Utterly cursed is everyone who fails to practice every detail and requirement that is written in this law!”[c]

11 It is obvious that no one achieves the righteousness of God by attempting to keep the law, for it is written:

“The one who is in a right relationship with God will live by faith!”[d]

12 But keeping the law does not require faith, but self-effort. For the law teaches,

“If you practice the principles of law, you must follow all of them.”[e]

13 Yet, Christ paid the full price to set us free from the curse of the law. He absorbed the curse completely as he became a curse in our place. For it is written:

“Everyone who is hung upon a tree is cursed.”[f]

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